Can you kick the habit? Can you rid yourself of the notion that you need a published, printed, three dimensional book in your hands to feel like you're a real author? Are you comfortable with not being (at least initially) financially compensated for your herculean efforts? Can you give up a more traditional view of ownership and offer your writing to any and all who want to read it, free of charge (under the terms of Creative Commons, that is)? Are you capable of deriving your sense of self-worth from the number of readers you attract, the hits on your site, rather than actual copies sold in bookstores or via Amazon.com?
Then welcome to the wonderful world of indie writing!
Yessir, you're ready for that next step in your evolution as a craftsperson and artist. You have forsaken that rather superficial attitude you used to lug around that money counts as success, awards and nominations amount to a hill of beans and how many gazillion books you sell will matter one whit when you tally up the spiritual and aesthetic toll your compromises and hackwork have inflicted.
I'm talking about creating something of lasting worth, a work that doesn't conform to the marketplace or follow a stifling formula. Something that, when that day finally arrives and you get the inevitable bad news--a strange lump, a sensation of being out of breath--you can point to your creation with...not pride, I hate that word. A sense of accomplishment, a feeling that if you hadn't written that story or poem or novel, it would have remained forever untold.
No one knows the names of the artisans who built the medieval masterpiece Chartres.
But they live on in its timeless, enduring majesty.
What a legacy.
I'll take that over "50 MILLION COPIES SOLD!!!" any fucking day...
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